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Learn Japanese and Chinese: iKnow!

By Cerego

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iKnow! is a companion study tool for the iKnow! website. With this app, you can enjoy the iKnow! experience on your phone or tablet.

All iKnow! study progress on your iOS device is automatically synched to your PC account, so you can study in the way that best matches your needs and lifestyle.

“Japanese, Chinese, and English”

Official courses are offered for studying Japanese, Chinese, and SAT English. The Japanese coures covers the 6,000 most commonly used words in Japanese. The Chinese courses cover the 2,000 most commonly used words in spoken Chinese and over 1,200 words commonly used in newspapers and magazines. (All Chinese courses are available in both Traditional and Simplified Chinese.) All words have sample sentences and audio.

“The iKnow! Learning Engine”

iKnow! presents items in a spaced rehearsal pattern optimized for efficient learning. iKnow! adapts to differences in learning speeds and item difficulty, constantly measuring memory and predicting performance across all of your items. iKnow! does this by tracking your performance and then predicting your optimal review time on an item-by-item basis.

All you have to do is push the study button, and iKnow! tells you what to learn.


- Five study applications: iKnow!, Rapid Choice, Self Check, Sentence Trainer, and Listening.
- iKnow!: Master words and phrases with our patented learning algorithms.
- Rapid Choice: Fast-paced quizzing and review.
- Self Check: Judge yourself on what you know and how well.
- Sentence Trainer: Master sentence patterns by listening and then dictating.
- Listening: Listen to content on the go. You can slow down and loop any audio.
- Study progress synched across iOS and PC accounts

What's New in Version 4.3.2

- Fixed issue with Google sign-in using a web browser
- Added time zone setting


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Customer Reviews

Good app but needs work.

I've been using iknow for more than a year now, and it has been a foundational tool in helping me learn Japanese. The selection of 6000 words for the Japanese portion is great, the spaced repetition is second to none, the daily tracking keeps me on point, and the support for community created flashcards means an potentially infinite amount of content. So why only 3 stars?

For one, there is still not support for split view which would help tremendously in my daily studies. I always have to slide my finger across from the right of the screen to bring up the dictionary app which sometimes accidentally causes me to make a selection in the iknow app. This disrupts the flow of my studies and is something that would not happen had there been split view app support. BTW, this IS a feature that is available in Anki, and the difference is insurmountable.

The most recent updates have also made some audio unplayable on certain example sentences. While not a deal breaker, it's something that does break the flow of my studies and won't be helpful for new words and sentences.

Also, the community feature was never implemented into the app, so you have to go to the website in order to find community flashcards. On top of that, they completely removed the community discussion and help sections of their website for unknown reasons. This was a great way to see how you were doing compared to others, and get tips on how to better remember words.

To finish things off, 6000 words and example sentences is certainly nothing to scoff at. Most people will never get through most of them, let alone master them. But what about those of us that do? I signed up for a lifetime account because I was in this for the long haul, and a core 7000 and maybe even 8000 might be nice. The average Japanese college student knows between 40,000 and 50,000 words, so the content is there, now it's about doing the R&D and recording it which I know is time consuming and expensive, but new content has literally not been created for the iknow' Japanese portion in years. Even just 500 more words. C'mon guys.

I hope that my concerns are at least taken into consideration, as I'm more than sure I'm not the only one that has them. Some of us use this app on a daily basis, and would just like to see some features that make the experience easier and more enjoyable. If at least on of these features and improvements are implemented, I will update my review. Thank you.

Excellent Application ... However there's always room for improvement !

I've been using iKnow for sometime now, even back when it was known as and there was other material to study.

This service has really delivered on what it is they state they will assist with Vocab acquisition and not that you are able to learn in "Context" which is really essential when you need something to stick.

Currently iKnow is the foundation of my Japanese learning and I'm very proud of that, because it makes all other study material that much easier to get through since most words and sentence patterns aren't all that foreign since I have had some type of contact with them before via iKnow.

All in all great App and I hope they continue to develop it and update the algorithm so that it continues to be a great resource. Also please let the community know if there will be an "Official" deck that will continue past The Core 6k. Thanks again!

Learn Japanese and Chinese: iKnow!
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
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  • Version: 4.3.2
  • Size: 38.8 MB
  • Languages: English, Japanese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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